Jared Ficklin

Senior Principal Design Technologist, frog
Austin, TX, United States

About Jared

Languages

English

TED Conference

TED2012

Comments & conversations

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Jared Ficklin
Posted over 2 years ago
Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)
I totally agree with you! When I went to created these renderings of song I went for my aesthetic over pure information. I have found when people spend more time with them they get more from them not just in an aesthetic sense. They see more information in them then purer forms of rendering. I am very comfortable with the reasons you have given. I did not have time to go into the algorithm. But for the Nirvana songs I have an image of Kurt Cobaine himself taken during the famous unplugged performance. I plot the waveform over that image in a manner that adjusts the scale of the data to a pleasant way. I then crawl along the wave form and sample a pixel sized based on amplitude of a frequency matching an FFT I am iterating through. I then plot the channels L & R starting from center out, low to high frequency. It is indeed a very simple algorithm and also a descontruction in a way. The result is Rorschach looking and people definitely put interpretation to it.
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Jared Ficklin
Posted over 2 years ago
Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)
Thank you, and I have this in my mind. I don't know that the principles of combustion will allow it to happen, the chimney effect being something to overcome, but I have made napkin plans to attempt. I am further along on a sort of FFT version that will pull out certain frequencies from the waveform. But as the fire side is purely a hobby it may be a bit before I finish it.
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Jared Ficklin
Posted over 2 years ago
Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)
Thanks for the awesome links. The more exposure to this the more I find out about how long these ideas have been reverberating! Learning about them has been a pleasant side benefit to this experience. In no way do I intend to lay any claim to the fire demonstration. The principles have been around for more than a hundred years. I love how concretely they establish the foundation of examining a sideways shift in the senses. My table was patterned after an article published by Harold Daw of the NMSU Physics Department in the 80's. I made only minor adjustments to his design as well as added my aesthetic taste in the welding and minimalism. But my intention all along was to show the apparatus to set the stage for seeing sound and the later works. Also thanks to TED and the Long Beach Fire Department for clearing the mountains of paperwork just to get to do this. BTW here is a more controlled burn of the Flame Table. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQNdxnBvwBQ In this take I think you can see the subtlety I was going for on stage. But fire is its own beast and I hope we did well for all conditions considered. For the curious I will say it burned much differently in rehearsal than it did during the time on stage. Perhaps the universe had stage fright? ;)
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Jared Ficklin
Posted over 2 years ago
Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes
SASQUATCHES! Genius! Best hair, best sweater and one of the best performances of 2012! Reggie RAWKS! His comedy derives from something unique in my opinion, his presence in a room however I think must just be a gift from the universe.